I can't imagine going to visit Port Melbourne, St Kilda beach or any beach on Port Philip bay for that matter, and for as far as the eye can see would be sea levies keeping back the rising water and no lovely beaches. Talk about King Canute or what! I can just see our grandchildren now, quoting Dr Phil, "What were you thinking!", in relation to the slowness to act about the issue. The ice shelf news made me sad, and has made me even more determined to continue my journey towards our sustainable lifestyle.
No sooner did I read that dreadful news, that I stumbled upon this article about the sceptic element of climate change. This brought me back to a question I was asked last night at my presentation. Someone asked me what I thought of Andrew Bolt, a journalist from the Herald Sun, sprewking on the radio that climate change was an urban myth and that the planet is not warming! Well, I am all for a balanced view of global media, however Mr. Bolt uses the argument that Professor Bob Carter (a well known climate change sceptic) states that the planet is in fact cooling. That is not a balanced view, when the majority of climate scientists agree that climate change is real, and a few sceptics say it is not! That is like most scientists saying that the earth is round (which it apparently is) and getting a Flat Earther to debate it with me!
Well, after doing a bit of research into these sceptics, (by googling "exxonmobil" "Robert M. Carter"), I found that Professor Bob Carter belongs to a group known as "Science and Public Policy Institue" which received funding from ExxonMobil. Many other other climate change sceptics and lobby groups are also funded by by this oil giant, whose best interest is to keep the debate about human caused climate change in the media headlines. After all, they sell the product (oil) that causes the majority of greenhouse gas emissions. Once again, trace the skeptics funding and sure enough, you will find a link to oil funding. Here is a snippet of a CBC Canada show called Denial Machine that discusses the subject of ExxonMobil's campaign to negate the science of climate change. Make up your own mind.
I personally believe the sterling work of the IPCC, who have been working diligently to ascertain the impacts of human induced climate change, and have released their final report and summary for policy makers.
I will leave you with this quote, which sums up the debate as far as I am concerned;
It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.
- Upton Sinclair